Every year, the Three Principles conference in London attracts the curious minded and seasoned practitioner alike. This year, 2019, roughly 1,000 people gathered in London’s Rugby Stadium Allianz Park to listen to speeches and discussions about the 3P understanding.
The social enterprise 3PRC (Three Principles Research & Consulting) conducted a small scientific study aimed at conference participants. The central question for this study was:
“Is more experience with the Three Principles positively related to higher levels of wellbeing, such as a more positive mood and an enhanced sense of purpose in life?"
Three principles gatherings appear to attract people with varying levels of exposure to the Three Principles; some have only recently heard of the movement, while others have been active practitioners for decades. The assumption underlying this study is that with time, exposure and application - the understanding of the Three Principles grows.
If so, then more experienced participants at the conference are expected to, if the level of understanding is indeed related to higher levels of wellbeing, report a more positive mood and a higher sense of purpose in life than those with less experience.
A second reason for conducting the study was to test a ‘pedestrian scale’ or questionnaire for measuring the understanding of the Three Principles. If you want to receive that report: join our email list.
Here is what we found out about mood and purpose in life:
Dr. Adriaan Denkers combined all the questions about 3P expertise and understanding and created 3 groups:
Group 1: Very little experience w/ 3P
Group 2: Moderate amount of experience w/ 3P
Group 3: Lots of experience w/3P
He compared these groups with the answers to both a mood scale and a purpose in life scale (these were included in our questionnaire) and found that 3P experience is related to a more positive mood:
With an understanding of the three principles, people may produce less negative thought; this reduced negative thought, in turn, may cause a more positive mood.
3P experience is related to more Purpose in Life: less negative thought relates to those with more 3P understanding and those people report higher purpose in life scores.
Apparently, people with a 3P understanding are more positive, have less negative thinking and feel more purpose in their lives. In addition, they are not ruled by positive thinking, instead they just seem to have less negative thinking overall.
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